“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life.” 2 Corinthians 2: 14-16.
What a magnificent passage of Scripture! I am encouraged and invigorated just reading it. Did you notice the language Paul uses in describing God? He always leads us in triumphal procession. He spreads the fragrance – everywhere. Always and everywhere, not only is God accomplishing his will through your life, but he is doing it in “triumphal procession.” We should not take this truth lightly.
If in fact, the gospel shows forth in our lives, that has tremendous impact for our lives. If our witness is both a sweet aroma and a powerful stench, we should be aware of it. All of this is to remind us that we do not leave our faith in Christ at the exit door of the church building on Sunday morning, so we can take it up again the next Sunday. If the banner of Christ flies over your life, it does so seven days a week. That banner is sweet and wonderful to believers. It is bothersome and burdensome to those who are perishing. We never know how God is going to use us to bring someone to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. It may just be through your witness and life that someone who considered Christ a stench today, might consider him a sweet aroma tomorrow.